Ofsted inspectors have given these primary schools in Northumberland the highest rating.

The Office for Standards in Education inspects and rates schools across England to judge the quality of education pupils are receiving.

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Ofsted's four point scale goes from 'outstanding' at the top end, to 'good', 'requires improvement' and then 'inadequate'. Some schools can be placed in 'special measures' if improvements need to be made quickly.

Below, we have listed all the "outstanding" primaries in the Northumberland local authority area. However, please note that some of them have not been fully inspected for a number of years.

Ofsted has said it will be visiting "outstanding" schools that have not been inspected for years to make sure their education standards remain high.

The Northumberland primary schools rated "outstanding"

Beaufront First School

The school in Sandhoe, Hexham, had a full inspection in November 2007 and was rated as "outstanding".

The report said: "This is an outstanding school which gives excellent value for money."

Then in January 2011, an interim assessment was carried out and inspectors wrote: "I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment indicates performance has been sustained and that we will not be inspecting your school unless we receive further information that raises concerns. We will continue to undertake annual assessments of the school’s performance."

Broomhaugh Church of England First School

The school in Riding Mill was judged outstanding after an inspection in March 2009.

The report noted: "Broomhaugh Church of England First School is an outstanding school where pupils blossom both academically and personally."

A monitoring visit took place in February 2020, when Ofsted said its findings did not change the overall effectiveness judgement of outstanding from the last inspection.

Cambo First School

The report said: "Excellent outcomes for pupils, an exemplary curriculum, which reflects the school's setting in its community, and exceptional care, guidance and support lie at the heart of this outstanding school."

Cleaswell Hill School

This special school, in Guide Post, was rated "outstanding" after a visit in March 2017.

Ofsted said: "Leaders and governors have an unerring focus on providing excellent levels of provision, so pupils thrive and flourish in a safe environment, both personally and academically."

A monitoring visit was then carried out in October 2020, when inspectors said: "We did not find any significant concerns during the visit."

Hipsburn Primary School

The report said: "Personal development and well-being, including pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are outstanding."

Holy Island Church of England First School

Ofsted noted: "Pupils are very happy in this outstanding school, reflecting their enjoyment and love of learning. They and their parents agree that they are safe and secure at school."

Kielder Primary School and Nursery

"Pupils feel safe, and are safe. They are very well cared for by highly trained and effective staff."

After a monitoring visit in October 2020, inspectors said: "We did not find any significant concerns during the visit."

Morpeth First School in Northumberland
Morpeth First School in Northumberland

Morpeth First School

The report said: "The school has a vibrant curriculum, its teaching and learning are of the highest quality, care, support and guidance are exemplary. As a result pupils achieve exceptionally well and their personal development is outstanding."

An interim assessment was carried out in January 2011, when Ofsted noted: "I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment indicates performance has been sustained and that we will not be inspecting your school unless we receive further information that raises concerns. We will continue to undertake annual assessments of the school’s performance."

Norham St Ceolwulfs CofE Controlled First School

The school, in Norham-on-Tweed, was judged outstanding after an inspection in May 2010.

Ofsted wrote: "Norham St Ceolwulf's is an outstanding school of which pupils, parents and staff are exceedingly proud."

Stamfordham Primary School

The report said: "Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. They enter Reception Year with skills that are broadly as expected and leave at the end of Year 4 with attainment that is high, well above that expected. Throughout the school pupils make outstanding progress in all subject areas."

Stamfordham Primary School in Northumberland
Stamfordham Primary School in Northumberland

Swansfield Park Primary School

The school in Alnwick was inspected in September 2011 and told it was outstanding.

Ofsted noted: "All staff share a commitment to ensure that the pupils develop into mature and responsible citizens and achieve high academic standards. Parents and carers are delighted to send their children here."

After a monitoring visit in October 2020, inspectors said: "We did not find any significant concerns during the visit."

The Dales School

This special school, in Blyth, was judged as outstanding following an inspection in October 2013.

The report said: "Pupils make exceptional progress from their individual starting points. Their progress in reading, writing, communication and mathematics is equally strong."

In September 2018, a short inspection was carried out and inspectors said: "This school continues to be outstanding."

The Dales School in Blyth
The Dales School in Blyth

The Grove Special School

The school in Tweedmouth had an inspection in December 2019 and Ofsted said: "The Grove Special School continues to be an outstanding school."

The Sele First School

The report said: "The Sele First School provides a first class quality education within a safe, secure and very stimulating environment. The school judges itself to be outstanding and it is right to do so."

An interim assessment took place in June 2010, when Ofsted added: "I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment shows that the school’s performance has been sustained and that we can defer its next full inspection."

Whalton Church of England Primary School
Whalton Church of England Primary School

Whalton Church of England Aided Primary School

The report said: "Whalton is an outstanding school. To echo the remarks of one parent ‘it is a school of the highest calibre’."

In June 2010, an interim assessment took place and inspectors said: "I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment shows that the school’s performance has been sustained and that we can defer its next full inspection."

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